The masters of virtual pinball wizardry, Zen Studios, announced earlier this week that Zen Pinball 2 will be released on the North American and European Wii U eShops later this month.
Wii U owners will be able to download the Zen Pinball 2 platform for free, which will then allow them to gain access to several free trials for tables and the ability to purchase additional pinball tables. At launch the selection of pinball tables on the Wii U will not be as expansive as it is on the ZP 2‘s many other platforms, however, Zen Studios has made sure that there will be more than enough to keep players busy.
The initial set of tables for Zen Pinball 2 on the Wii U include:
- Zen Classic Pack – featuring Tesla, El Dorado, V12, Shaman
- Marvel Pinball – featuring Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Iron Man
- Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles – featuring Marvel’s The Avengers, Infinity Gauntlet, World War Hulk, Fear Itself
- Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue – featuring X-Men, Thor, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight
- Individual DLC Tables – Plants vs. Zombies, Excalibur, Earth Defense, Sorcerer’s Lair, Paranormal, Mars, Epic Quest, Captain America, Fantastic Four
Based on my experience with Zen Pinball on the PS3 I’d say pinball fans can’t really go wrong with any of those tables, however, the Spider-Man, Epic Quest, and Plants Vs. Zombies tables stand out as three of my personal favorites.
Check out Zen Pinball 2‘s Wii U trailer below, along with the full press release. As soon as Zen Studios announces the game’s official release date we will let you know.
Zen Pinball 2™ Coming to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U™ December 2012
Hugely popular pinball game comes to Wii U as a free platform download with purchasable add-on content
Los Angeles, CA –December 5, 2012 – Zen Studios, the definitive leader in pinball videogames, today announced that their critically acclaimed arcade style pinball game Zen Pinball 2 will be available for download on the Nintendo eShop on Wii U™ later this month in both North America and Europe. Zen Pinball 2 will be a free platform download for all users, including free trials for each table and a huge library of exciting pinball tables for purchase, including the Super Hero themed Marvel Pinball™ series, and the zombie themed Plants vs. Zombies™ table.
Zen Studios also released a Zen Pinball 2 trailer, which can be linked from the Zen Studios YouTube account, or downloaded from the Zen Studios press center, along with screenshots and other assets.
Zen Pinball 2 is full of exciting Wii U™ GamePad features such as controlling the plunger on the touch screen, rotating camera views, accessing information via the dot matrix, and Free View control by tilting the Wii U GamePad. Additional features include:
Unprecedented table visuals and the most advanced ball physics on Wii U
Trial version for all tables, try them out before you buy!
Local Hotseat multiplayer, and fast paced Split-screen multiplayer game modes
Action cameras to guide and emphasize spectacular moments
Ranking support for all tables, National Ranking, and Worldwide tournaments
Continue playing on the Wii U GamePad if the TV is occupied!
Robust social features with Challenges, Pro Score, and Team Score. It’s up to you to become the Pinball Champion!
Awards for each table
Regular table releases through the Nintendo eShop
Zen Pinball 2 is a free download for any user on the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, featuring demos of each table.
Zen Pinball 2 on Wii U will release with a huge content library available, including three Marvel Pinball packs, a collection of Zen Studios’ original designs, and several individual tables:
Zen Classic Pack featuring Tesla, El Dorado, V12, Shaman
Marvel Pinball featuring Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Iron Man
Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles featuring Marvel’s The Avengers, Infinity Gauntlet, World War Hulk, Fear Itself
Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue featuring X-Men, Thor, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight
Individual DLC Tables: Plants vs. Zombies, Excalibur, Earth Defense, Sorcerer’s Lair, Paranormal, Mars, Epic Quest, Captain America, Fantastic Four
For more information, please visit www.zenstudios.com.